Eid Al Adha and National Day celebrations to be held from Nov 27 to Dec 3

Published November 10th, 2009 - 01:27 GMT

The Dubai Shopping Festival Office has announced a week of festivities to mark the occasion of Eid Al Adha and the UAE National Day that falls on December 2. The second edition of ‘Eid in Dubai’ – Eid Al Adha will begin on November 27 and culminate with the National Day Celebrations till December 3rd.   

Yousif Mubarak, COO of DSF Office said, “For one whole week, Dubai will be the stage of unprecedented festivities and family activities. The DSF Office will be making sure to spread the spirit of Eid and the Glory of the UAE’s 38th National day among locals, expatriates and tourists. Through our carefully planned and chosen events, Dubai will be a first choice destination in the region during the week from 27th November to 3rd of December.”

Kicking off on November 27, ‘Eid in Dubai’ will feature an array of family-oriented cultural and social programmes spread across Dubai. Some of the highlights during the celebrations include:

Mamma Mia! On Ice
Nov 27 – Dec 5, Airport Expo Dubai
Mamma Mia! On Ice is a spectacular musical extravaganza based on the recent blockbuster fun movie of the year MAMMA MIA!. The show is captivating and appeals to all ages, providing great family entertainment. Performed by an international cast of ice skating champions and a live band, the show will also feature 22 of ABBA’s hits including Mamma Mia, Dancing Queen, I Have A Dream, theWinner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Take a Chance On Me, and Voulez-Vous.

Disney Princess
Nov 27 – Dec 3, Dubai Festival City
Featuring popular Disney characters such as Princess Aurora, Cinderella, Aladdin, Snow White, Mickey Mouse, and Minnie Mouse, the Disney Princess show will be staged at Mall of the Emirates with other exciting activities such as an art and craft corner, a face-painting zone, a princess parlour, and an interactive area for games.    
Peter Pan On Ice
Nov 27 – Dec 20, Arabian Center   
A spectacular adaptation of J M Barrie’s story of the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan On Ice is a theatrical musical performed by accomplished artistes. Performed for the first time in Dubai, the artistes take spectators through the story of Peter Pan through breathtaking acrobatics and skating shows on a specially created ice stage. The skaters are all former competitors at European, World and Olympic levels and regarded by many as the finest company of professional skaters in the world.

Fuwallat and Dhiyafat Al Eid, Mall of t he Emirates
Whether in Dubai International Airport, shopping malls or the main venues of the event, visitors will be greeted with a warm Eid welcome and a wholehearted smile while being offered sweets amidst the pleasant aroma of Arabic incense, all in line with the custom of Fuwallat and Dhiyafat-Al-Eid.

Both customs have been recorded in local tradition spanning many generations and are centred on welcoming guests on the day of Eid-Al-Adha with Eid food and sweets.

Eidyat Dubai Mega Raffle
38 winners will take home cash prizes in various denominations to celebrate the 38th UAE National Day. One winner will take home AED 38, another winner will get AED 380, 15 winners will take home AED 3800 each, 20 winners will get AED 38,000 each, and one winner will take the grand prize of AED 380,000. The raffle is purchase linked and coupons are available from participating retail outlets and malls on a minimum purchase of AED 200.   

Eid Celebrations District – Dubai Festival City
Nov 27 – Dec 2
Accommodating fun-filled activities during ‘Eid in Dubai’, the Festival District will feature as one among the main entertainment venues during the event, hosting family oriented activities and cultural programmes. New attractions include the Aquafantasia show – a spectacular laser and fireworks show. Visitors to Dubai Festival City will be welcomed in the traditional way and additional attraction include a heritage village and traditional Arab music bands.   

Eid Carnival, Mall of the Emirates,
Nov 27 – Dec 2
Around 30 cartoon characters, mascots, and performers will gather at Mall of the Emirates for the Eid Carnival that will be held in two shows everyday during Eid Al Adha and National Day.

Eid Concert – Googoosh Live in Dubai, 9:30pm

Nov 29, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sheikh Rashid Hall
Well-known Iranian singer Googoosh comes to Dubai during Eid Al Adha in a live performance where she will render some of her best hits. 

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